The Oil Palm: A Potential Oil Yielding Palm for India
Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. The Oil Palm. 2. Global Vegetable Oil Scenario. 3. Global Palm Oil Scenario. 4. Introduction of Oil Palm in India. 5. Climate and Soil Requirements. 6. Origin, Habitat, Distribution and Botany of Oil Palm. 7. Crop Improvement. 8. Planting Material Production. 9. Establishment of Nurseries. 10. Plantation Establishment and Management. 11. Water Management. 12. Nutrient Management. 13. Oil Palm Based Cropping/Farming Systems. 14. Plant Protection. 15. Harvesting, Yield and Handling. 16. Processing of Oil Palm Fruits. 17. Food and Non-Food Uses of Palm Oil for Nutrition and Health. 18. Waste Utilization and Environment. References. Index. Oil Palm ( Elaeis guineensis Jacq) a perennial oil yielding palm with maximum oil potential of 18 t /of palm oil /ha /yr and achievable yield of 8 to 12 t oil /ha/ yr has brought about a revolution in the global vegetable oil economy over the years. With humble production of 1.2 million tons in 1960 it reached 49.0 million tons by 2017 occupying first position and pushing soya bean to second place. India introduced oil palm at the same time as Malaysia started its commercial plantations but remained at the bottom with the yields at poor levels . This book on Oil Palm gives a historical back ground of the crop in the world as also in India , Indian efforts in the development of oil palm , issues and strategies in promoting oil palm development in the country, and the guidelines in the cultivation of oil palm. This book will be a very good guide for growing oil palm successfully and will inspire all those who are interested in Oil Palm cultivation, processing, value addition, organic recycling and also providing eco-friendly environment.